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to enforce a red line to protect an international norm, any decision by president obama to bomb syria will kill people. it will kill the guys working the nightschihift. people doing their jobs to put food on their family tables. daddy who went to work that morning will not be coming home because of what this president decides to do. the assad family will be okay, of course. the designers of that "vogue" magazine spread won't be angu h anguished by the sight of this thoroughly western family lying on the floor. no, the people who will die in an american cruise missile attack will be the working, praying little family people whose husbands do the scud work. war sucks. even in neat little bite-size act of war like the one that might come any day now. and, yet, and yet. how do we avoid this flagrant reality if we don't? those deciding in tehran right now whether to build a nuclear bomb are looking to see what the people in washington are doing. if we threaten the country, if it uses one weapon of mass destruction and goes ahead and ignores us, what worth does our threat hold against that
, despite the tough rhetoric from the whourks president obama has still not announced a decision about what, if any, military action he's going to take against the syrian regime. i'm tucker in for sean. earlier today, the administration released part of an intelligence report and moments later, the president had this to say. >> as you've seen, today, we've released our unclassified assessment detailing with high confidence that the syrian regime carried out a chemical weapon that killed well over 1,000 people, including hundreds of children. this kind of attack threatens our national security interests by violating well established international laws against the use of chemical weapons by further threatening friends and allies of ours in the region like israel and turkey and jordan. and it increases the risk that chemical weapons will be used in the future and fall into the hands of terrorists who might use them against us. so, i have said before and i meant what i said, that the world has an obligation to make sure that we maintain the norm against the use of chemical weapons. now, i have
and terrorism. this is a statement. i'll read it to you, congressman. president obama is advocating his responsibility as commander in chief and undermining the authority of future presidents. the president does not need congress to authorize a strike on syria. if assad's use of chemical weapons against civilians deserves a military response, and i believe it does, and if the president is seeking congressional approval, then he should call congress back into special session at the earliest date. the president doesn't need 535 members of congress to enforce his own red line. you totally disagree with peter king. tell our viewers quickly, because we're out of time, congressman rangel, why he's wrong and you're right. >> peter king i thought was on the right track when he said the president should call back the congress. but this whole idea that he doesn't need 535 -- at least i hope he's saying we need the majority. to an extent of what his belief is, it's 135th of the united states congress. so i respect him or anybody else who believes the president is authorized to attack another count
't believe in what he is leading. >> i have no problem with president obama, if he likes to wear the helmet, ride the bike in martha's vineyard, that's fine. he evacuated 22 embassies friday, spent the weekend playing, his own words, i golfed, played basketball, took pictures with friends in the oval office, blew out candles. >> how about issue a statement or have a press conference, act like you're responsible, that you're not auditioning to play commander in chief in hollywood but you want the job and are serious about terror. this is nothing new to me. this is a president that doesn't have the stomach for terror. if the reports are correct, it was clinton and panetta told him to put the thing on bin laden. i don't think it is a priority. i think he should move the white house to california capital hollywood. >> i think that's disrespectful to the family and soldiers serving overseas, to families of people protecting the embassies closed down. for the president not to be in the oval office and making national security a priority, but instead he is more concerned about his own birthday par
. then senator obama answered that question by saying, the president does not have power under the constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation. i pressed jay carney on that point today in the daily briefing and also, meanwhile, republicans like john mccain tonight are saying, if there is going to be military action, it cannot be a symbolic action, backing up the president's rhetoric about a red line, it's got to be serious action that decimates assad's military. take a listen. >> do you believe that exists right now? >> i believe it is a threat to the united states. i believe that absolutely allowing the use of chemical weapons on a significant scale to take place, without a response would present a significant challenge to -- a threat to the united states national security interests. >> if it's simply that we launch some cruise missiles and do that for three gayes and not have a significant effect on the momentum on the battlefield. it will have a -- an unhelpful effect. if we do it right, and
know what we know, the question is what will we do let me empsoys. president obama and we in the united states we believe in the united nations and great respect for the brave inspector who endured regime gunfire and obstructions to their investigation. and as the security general moon said again and again, the un investigation will not affirm who used these chemical weapons. that is not the mandate of the un investigation. they will only a whether such weapons were used. by the definition of their own mandate, the un can't tell us anything that we haven't shared with you this afternoon and we don't already know and because of the guaranteed russian obstructionism of any action of the un security council, the un cannot dwaflinnize the world to act the way it should. let me be clear, we'll talk to the congress and talking to our allies and most importantly talking to the american people and president obama will insure that the united states of america makes our decisions on our own time lines and based on our value asks in our interest. now we know that after a decade of conflict, the am
wonderland where the obama administration seems to be more obsessed with semantics and sentence construction than in the capture or kling of terrorists. washington taking pettiness and irrelevancies to new heights while dismissing any sense of proportion when it comes to a radical islamists and the war and terror of. and for all of that, this was a red letter day. president obama's mantra that al qaeda is on the run proved wrong yet again. you're looking at pictures of yemen where government officials uncovered a al qaeda plot to capture oil and gas facities to fire on foreign embassies, the key port. news of the plot breaking a the unitedtates is stepping up its drone attacks there, killing at least 78 terrorists in the southern part of the country. and the broader plot that led to the closings of 19 embassies and facilities in 16 countries still acted tonight was no indicatio that the threats have in any way diminished. here is ate department spokesperson jan saki on the closings and alert. >> our embassy remains closed, continuing to evaluate all information on a daily basis, but beyond t
president obama first call for the syrian president to go to although today white house officials declared the objective of any possible military action is not to drive the dictator from power. >> what we are considering -- considering is not about regime change responding to clear violation of the international standard that prohibits the use of chemical weapons. >> leading republicans to demand what the mission is. >> i hope it is not putting in some cruise missiles. he interoffice railing against the unilateralism against bush and cheney as the boston globe gave written questions one focused if the president could call my rig without authorization from congress. senator obama said the president does not have power under the constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation. >> candidate obama said in actual or imminent threat. do believe that exist right now to the united states? >> i believe absolutely allowing the use of chemical weapons on a significant scale to take place, without a respo
in 16 countries across the middle east and all ordered closed by the obama administration. the obama foreign policy effectively closed for business in the middle east. citing threats from the terrorist groups that the president once declared to be on the run repeatedly during his campaign for reelection. the obama administration ordered the closing of those 19 embassies and consulates throughout the middle east for at least the rest of the week. and that is based on what lawmakers and administration sources are calling increased on-line chatter amongst al qaeda and it al qaeda affiliated groups. fox news confirming tonight that enter subject conversations between al qaeda had and his counterpart in yemen led to these closures. thanks to the president's spokesperson, those terrorist groups now know the administration's timetable for reopeeing the closed outposts. >> our current affirmation suggests that al qaeda and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks in the region and beyond . and our information suggests that they may focus efforts to conduct attacks between
evidence and now, of course, what comes next, barack obama is now moving closer to military strike. "boston globe" also talking about a coming military strike. it looks like it's probably going to happen. let's get to news. >> top u.s. officials now say chemical weapons were used in da masses cas and the president is considering a limited military strike on select targets inside the country. yesterday u.n. inspectors visited the site of the attacks and though low expectations for what their probe will uncover, secretary of state john kerry says there is little doubt as to what happened there. >> what we saw in syria last week should shock the contents of the world. p it defies any code of more reality. let me be clear. the indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, killing of women and children and innocent bystanders by chemical weapons is a moral obscenity. the reported number of victims the reported symptoms of those who were killed or injured, the firsthand accounts from humanitarian organizations, these all strongly indicate that everything these images are already screaming at us, is real
could strike again as president obama hold a meeting to weigh the options on a high-level strike in syria. we all await his decision as does the world. martha: we have new reports from the "wall street journal" that the white house is moving quickly on this because they have reason to believe syria is planning to launch another chemical attack in the country's largest city aleppo. wait wants to accomplish with action. molly henneberg is live at the white house leading our coverage. what is the white house saying? >> the u.s. has to get involved because the world community cannot leave a chemical attack or chemical attacks plural unanswered. but the white house says the goal is not to out of syrian president bashar al-asaad. even though the obama administration believes this is not the only chemical weapons attack by the regime this year. >> the options being considered by the president and his national security team are not around the question of whether chemical weapons were used in syria on a massive scale causing death and injury to innocents women and children. its many not w
the uk supporting a strike on syria, prime minister cameron says he will act accordingly. president obama's team is pushing forward. back here at home, top administration officials urged congress to back military action against the assad regime. we'll talk to two top senators about the case for action. and while syria takes center stage for the white house, behind the scenes, they're prepping a previous president's push on health care. can bill clinton rally skeptic and a ton of twentysomethings to sign up in october? good morning, it's friday, august 30th, 2013. this is the daily rundown. i'm chuck eliza in for chuck todd today. we begin with syria. whether president obama is willing to go it alone. as he moves closer to a decision about whether to launch air strikes in retaliation for last week's chemical weapons attack, support for that action may be waning. on thursday, protesters marched outside the white house, demanding the u.s. not launch missile strikes against the assad regime. inside, the president and his top officials were working to make the case to skeptical lawmakers. the
intelligence. >>> kristen welker is in martha vineyards where president obama is vacationing. what are lawmakers saying to you about this latest threat? >> reporter: alex, good day to you. lawmakers seem to be on the same page. closing the 19 embassies was the right move because it pointed to the fact that al qaeda was planning either one large explosion or a series of explosions. here's a little bit more on that from congressman peter king. take a listen. >> the intelligence that i saw here was at least as powerful as anything i've seen since 9/11, probably the closest would be the liquid explosive plot out of london in 2006. but this was very credible. it was corroborated and spoke of a massive attack and to me was the right thing to do. >> now, alex, some republicans did use the closure of those 19 embassies to attack president obama's foreign policy center. john mccain making a point that the peninsula has gotten much stronger in recent years and also argue that it's an indication that president obama hasn't been strong enough in terms of combatting that growing presence and th
ten years ago without great britain, without a resolution. obama is doing exactly what he ran for president against when he pledge never to do. it is like animal farm, repainting slogans on the farm and pretending they were always that way. >>anna: we're starting to see arguments on both side. charles krauthammer saying is it something to do with the president's ego saying don't cross the red line and once crossed not doing anything about it. and jack keane saying something should have been done earlier. >> no purpose whatsoever unless it is to assuage the guilty conscience of a president or vindicate the vanity of a president who has become the laughingstock around the world and whose word means nothing because last year he spoke about a red line and allowed all the red lines to be crossed without lifting a finger. maybe he feels compelled as a way to vindicate himself. you don't take a country into war as a way to vindicate your own standing. you do it to achieve strategic objectives on behalf of your country. if they're going to do a three-day strike with no intention of al
. america has come a long way in 50 years. and the fact that barack obama is president of the united states means we can finish this journey toward what dr. king dreamed about. >> i can't help but think 50 years lighter all the things that martin luther king talked about are in place, racism, poverty, inequality. to see an african-american president up there in front of the lincoln memorial today. think about barack obama who had just turned 2 a few weeks prior when the speech was made. his mother and probably his grandparents were watching it, living in a segregated country where fire hoses were turned on americans. what a moment today. put the politics aside. to see that man 50 years later standing on the same step where martin luther king stood. >> it is amazing. wla last night he had a reception at the white house. when i waps standing in the east room and they brought in dr. king's sister and i saw the picture of george washington and looked at president obama it brought tears to my eyes. i was only 8 years old when the march happened. they never could have dreamed that the president o
expects, quote, president obama understands that the brits can not now join in any military attack. >> i haven't spoken to him since the debate and the vote but i would expect to speak to him over the next day or some i don't think it's a question of having to apologize. >> reporter: after the u.k. parliament vote a spokesperson for the president's national security council put out a statement saying quote, the u.s. will continue to consult with the u.k. government, one of our closest allies and friends. as we have said president obama's decision-making will be guided by what is in the best interests of the united states. but french president francois hollande says whether or not the brits are involved he supports taking quote, firm action against syria and that includes a possible military strike. bill? bill: molly, will the president ask congress for authority? or what, how is the white house addressing that very issue? >> reporter: the white house says the president has been consulting with a number of members of congress but there's no indication the president intends to wait for a v
to you vote for president obama twice. >> i voted for the president twice. first, i didn't think the economic plans put forward by the campaign in 2008 or 2012 were suited for the times we're n so i had an economic reason to do that. secondly, i became a republican officially in 1995, after i decided not to run. and i have voted previously seven times for republican candidate. i have spoken at the 1996 convention, the 2000 convention. i worked for reagan and nixon as a white house fellow. i think credentials are fine. but in several years i have been troubled by the right shift of the republican party too far right. i have said this on a number of occasions. so in 2008 i found that as an american best choins choice was senator obama and then, now, president obama reelected. >> bill: here is what perplexes me. you're an analytical man. would you say is that correct? president obama's economic plan doesn't work among african americans when you voted for him, 12.7 unemployment. december, 2012 a mow after you voted for him again, 14% unemployment, up, okay? income, $32,000 compared t
as president obama. >> yeah, joe. david cameron really shocked because it was defections within his own party that caused ta defeat and if president obama decides to take action against the assad regime it appears he will be doing so without the support of our two strongest european allies. after an eight-hour debate the british parliament voted to reject a limited strike against syria. >> why is it that our allies in the middle east like saudi emirates, qatar, kuwait and others, cannot take military action, why does it fall on us yet again? >> put simply, is it in britain's national interest to maintain an international taboo about the use of chemical weapons on the battlefield, my argument is question it is. >> i take a question from the scottish national party. >> does he know if there are any plans over the last few days for any military action before next week, planned at all against syria? >> i obviously can't discuss the details of potential action in detail in front of this house, but i can tell the house that american president and i have had discussions that have been reported in th
could be the fallout? meanwhile, president obama getting pushback from overseas. we will tell you what one world leader is saying. and here in the u.s., protests already springing up across this country, with more planned for today. hello, everyone. it is high noon here in the east, 9:00 a.m. out west. welcome to "weekends with alex witt." senior aides telling nbc news the white house is holding conference calls to brief senators on syria, possibly one of the last pieces of business before a military strike. nbc news has also learned all members of the house are invited to an in-person classified briefing on syria. it is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon. meantime, one key democratic lawmaker tells msnbc he would like more information from the obama administration ahead of any potential strike. here's what congressman gregory meeks told me today. >> the facts are what the facts are. let us see what the facts are, let us make sure that we can relate those facts to all of the allies and to nato, et cetera, to get everybody on board. there's no need to rush into it. let the facts come out
threat, 18 u.s. embassies reopening today in the middle east and africa. obama administration intercepted chatter suggests e suggesting a possible attack on u.s. interests in the region. however, the u.s. facility in yemen remains closed. steve is joining us live from washington with more. hi, steve. >> reporter: one of the few embassies is at the epicenter of the terrorist threat and the embassy in yemen still shut down after al-qaeda and arabian peninsula plotted terrorist attack. president obama says that branch continues to pose a serious threat to americans, but the president's critics says he has been under stating the overall terrorist threat. >> you can't say on the one hand you have destroyed, quote, core al-qaeda. that is semantic gym gymnastics and at the same time close embassies all over the middle east. al-qaeda is on the rise. they have been on the rise. they have continued to penetrate. >> reporter: embassy in tripoli is one of 18 that are now open. 20 were shut down last sunday in wake of intelligence reports. democrats defend the president's decision and caution al-qaeda
at the white house with the latest. what's going on, jim? >> reporter: >> reporter: wolf, president obama did not touch on the situation at the lincoln memorial, though he did address some domestic political issues. it was a brief diversion for the president, who is facing one of the biggest foreign policy challenges during his second term, if only he can overcome some major diplomatic hurdles. as the u.s. moved closer to military action, president obama interrupted his deliberation over syria to mark an historic milestone, the 50th anniversary of martin luter king's "i have a dream" speech. the words belonged to the ages. >> unmatched in our time. >> reporter: it was one of the only few public appearances for the president, who has little time to spend away from the white house. any decision to strike syria over the alleged use of chemical weapons is growing more complicated by the day. over at the u.n., syria's ambassador sounded the alarm and accused rebels of launching their own gas attacks. >> we are in a state of war, preparing for the worst scenario. >> accusing russia of blocking u.n.
days, president obama's national security team will present him with its final detailed options. the administration is already making the case for taking action against syria. >> presidnt obama believes there must be accountability for those who would use the world's most heinous weapons against the world's most vulnerable people. >> reporter: secretary of state john kerry accused the assad regime of gassing its own people and called it -- >> moral obscenity. >> reporter: if the president gives the order a senior defense officials says four navy destroyers in the mediterranean sea could execute a mission within hours. u.s. and british submarines are also likely nearby, all armed with cruise missiles. the extremely accurate tomahawks can be fired from 500 miles away, with an ability to change course in mid flight. the potential targets include the delivery systems that can be used to launch weapons, militia training camps being run by bashar al assad and most importantly, the syrian government's command and control centers. >> allahu akbar! >> reporter: they are not designed to o
. a number of submarines believed to be in the mediterranean. the obama administration is promising to release new intelligence shortly. speaking to members of the american legion today, vice president biden sounded 100% convinced. >> no one doubts that innocent men, women and children have been the victims of chemical we pops attacks in syria. and there is no doubt who is responsible for this heinous use of chemical weapons in syria. the syrian regime. >> there is ample evidence of an atrocity on the ground. cnn has obtained exclusive video. fred, what's the reaction from the assad regime to continued strong language like that from the obama administration? >> reporter: i think they are hearing it. i was in with the information ministry of the country, who is a powerful figure. he spoke differently than i seen syrian officials speak in the past couple of days. before that you would hear them say if attacked, syria would fight back. the syrian people would rise up. you still hear that rhetoric but a lot less bold, and it comes of course after statements like secretary of state kerry
room." >>> john, thanks very much. happening now, breaking news, the obama administration taking its strongest stance yet against syria. the secretary of state, john kerry, making it clear he has no doubt chemical weapons were used and there must be accountability. also, desperate efforts under way right now to save yosemite national park from an historic wildfire that's already scorched an area the size of chicago. and a rare interview with the oldest justice on the u.s. supreme court. why ruth bader ginsburg said this court is, quote, one of the most activist courts in history. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, the killing of women and children, innocent bystanders by chemical weapons is a moral obscenity. >> jarring words by secretary of state john kerry. the white house says there is very little doubt the syrian regime is responsible for that attack and president obama is now evaluating how the united states plans to respond. it all comes on the same day u.n. inspectors, despite sniper fire, managed to visit one of the ar
the question we must all be asking is what will we do? let me emphasize, president obama, we in the united states, we believe in the united nations and we have great respect for the brave inspectors who in toward regime, gunfire and obstructions to their investigation, but as the secretary general has said again and again, the u.n. investigation will not affirm who use these chemical weapons. that is not the mandate of the u.n. investigation. they will only of term whether such weapons were used. by the definition of their own mandate, the un can't tell us anything that we haven't shared with you this afternoon or that we don't already know. and because of the guaranteed russian obstructionism of any action through the urine -- the un security council the un cannot galvanize the world to act as it should. so let me be clear, we will continue talking to the congress, talking to our allies and most importantly talking to the american people. president obama will ensure that the united states of america makes our own decisions on our own time line is based on our values and our interests. we
this morning to see what the latest is on the case. >>> for the first time president obama addressed the decision to shut down embassies and diplomatic poes in the middle east and africa. the interview happened on "the tonight show with jay leno." the president also covered edward snow it is den and his relationship with john mccain and hillary clinton. a nice change of pace. what didn't they cover in the interview? >> everything. i think that's part of the reason why president obama really likes the late night talk shows. he does a lot of these. h he's the first sitting president to get in there with late night talk shows. this was his sixth appearance on leno's program. he talked about everything from the economy, health care re form, what's going on in the middle east and the nsa. ♪ >> reporter: in his first remarks on the al qaeda terror threat president obama insisting the u.s. is not overreacting in closing 19 embassies through tend of the week. >> how significant is this threat? >> well, b it's significant enough that we are taking every precaution. >> reporter: the presiden
with a fox news alert. the investigating chemical weapons have left syria. president obama says it's our obligation to act because it's a a threat to our national security. we have all those defor you next. >> call it uneducation of america. elementary school teaching kids the government is your family. tell you where big brother is taking on a whole new meaning. >> and the unlikely reunion no one saw coming. the man inside the bun coming up. he is revealed. "fox & friends" on this saturday morning starts right now. >> alisyn: good morning, everybody. thanks so much for joining us bright and early on this very important news weekend. so much is happening now that investigators have left syria, anything could happen at any moment. let's get to a fox news alert and the latest on syria for you. the u.n. team investigating the chemical attack has left the country as the obama administration the syria carried out a chemical attack. elizabeth prann is live for us in washington. >> completed four day investigation. the team collecting and carrying various samples for lab analysis to determine i
years by the clinton state department and the obama white house, and i do concede that it's a complicated situation. neil: now, i know, secretary, we're not into regime change and that whether this is the obama administration's way saying we're not doing wha bush, rumsfeld, and cheney did. you know the line. we're going to keep the guy in power. it's not about taking him out of power. it's about defanging him. let's say he takes the chemical weapons away, secretary. he still has guns, has tanks, has the power to kill his people, all be it not with chemicals, so, for what? >> caller: neil, he's estimated to have killed close to a hundred thousands syria people before the use of chemical weapons. neil: exactly right. >> caller: if this is a humanitarian mission, what's interesting, seems to me, is that we -- there has not been any indication from the administration as to what our national interest is with respect to this particular situation. if you think of what's really important in that region, it is two things. it's iran's nuclear program and the relationship between ira
's war fatigue is not, in his mind, an excuse for inaction. >> president obama will ensure that the united states of america makes our own decisions on our own timelines based on our values and our interests. we know that after a decade of conflict, the american people are tired of war. believe me, i am, too. but fatigue does not absolve us of our responsibility. just longing for peace does not necessarily bring it about, and history would judge us all extraordinarily harshly if we turned a blind eye to a dictator's wanton use of weapons of mass destruction against all warnings, against all common understanding of decency. these things we do know. >> john kerry's extremely strong statement this afternoon seemed to leave almost zero doubt the white house intended to act unilaterally in syria with a military strike, but then rather confusingly, it was almost immediately followed up with a statement from the president, himself, at an event with baltic leaders that if not substantively opposed to kerry, the opposite in tone. >> the world has an obligation to make sure that we m
. trying to thread the needle, here is what president obama said? >> it's entirely consistent to say that this tightly organized and relatively centralized al qaeda that attacked us on 9/11 has been broken apart. and is very weak and does not have a lot of operational capacity. and to say we still have these oorge regional organizations like aqap, they can pose a threat. >> aqap of course is al qaeda in. during the last presidential campaign he saw political advantage in telling america that the terror threat had been mittgated and now that he is responsible for protecting the country he admits it has not. >> as though the americans care about the organizational structure of al qaeda, what they care about is whether al qaeda can still kill americans. >> who is ho is there cte? >> the hierarchy of the chain of command is not that interesting to average measures. they want to know if we are still threatened by them and it sounds like of course we are. >> here is some hard facts for you much the state department released some numbers a few weeks ago that showed that al qaeda and the ara
. u.s. forces are said to be ready to go, only awaiting president obama's order. the commander in chief has been consulting with allied leaders by phone and now the white house is offering some clues about what the looming strike will and won't entail. our senior white house correspondent jim acosta has the latest information. what are you hearing over there, jim? >> reporter: white house officials say president obama is already discussing options for syria. he continues to line up support up on capitol hill and overseas for what appears to be an inevitable military strike for crossing that red line on chemical weapons, but white house officials are drawing other lines indicating just how far the president is willing to go. as white house state officials say president obama is making progress to use military force against syria, it was the vice president's turn to present the case for action. >> those who use chemical weapons against defenseless men, women and children should and must be held accountable. >> there must be a response. >> reporter: white house press secretary jay
to cover every angel of it beginning with dana >>> top obama officials insisted to lawmakers on the thursday night conference call they have no doubt ba sar assad's regime in syria was behind deadly chemical attacks there. secretaries of state, defense and others backed that up by revealing to lawmakers that the u.s. intercepted communications from a high level syrian official, which clearly indicates they were responsible for these weapons, that according to congressman el yol engel who participated in the call. though obama insists no decisions have been made, cnn is also told they privately made clear to lawmakers that chemical weapons in syria is such a threat the u.s. could engage with or without support from great britain. bob corker emerged from briefings thursday announcing support for surgical proportional military strikes, given the evidence of continued use of chemical warfare. bob menendez reaffirmed his support saying a decisive and consequential u.s. response is justified and warranted. . others argued the president still has to come before congress and the amer
against syria in syria. president obama and secretary of state john kerry presenting the evidence making the case for u.s. military action. horrific new video surfacing showing another -- another attack in syria, this time involving a school and an apparent incendiary device. and my interview this hour with senator rand paul. he questions the goals of a strike on syria and says the president should not act without the support of congress. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer, you're in "the situation room." the united states government today declaring its high confidence that the u.s. did carry the devastating chemical attacks that killed 1,400 people, more than a third of them children. an intelligence estimate says the u.s. was able to track preparations by syrian chemical weapons personnel and the tomb firing of rockets. president obama today insisted he has not made a final decision on how to respond, but he also made it very, very clear the u.s. is preparing for what he describes as a limited military strike, even if the united s
another gas attack. >> and you find low public support, you find low congressional support. and obama is going to need to contend with. there hasn't been a clear articulation of what we're going to achieve and how we're going to do it. i think once someone stands up and does that, then you can test the support that you'll get. >> michael, thanks for that reasoned analysis. we appreciate it. getting up early, though he's on the east coast. >> thank you. >> that was most recent analysis i've heard in a long time about having an objective as opposed to just sending a signal. >> largely symbolic. >> it feels like we have been forced into it. we'll have mccain on. he's railing against general dempsey, who says, you know, said let's show much reticence to do anything that it emboldens -- in his view, emboldened these guys. all right, coming up, how twitter is learning from some of facebook's ipo mistakes. first, as we head to break, let's check on the national forecast with the weather channel's alex wallace. >> good morning to you. good morning, we're tracking some showers moving from the
to defund obama care. so ted cruz, he's a player. >> just ask him. >> no. listen, he's going to iowa and people are going -- >> people like him. people are excited about him. >> why? >> i think he taps into -- >> because he's a cade nade yan. >> the sinking sarah palin base, people that were excited about sarah palin, have now transferred to ted cruz. >> and michele bachmann. >> so that is a vibrant part of the republican party, love them or hate them, they look every two to four years for someone that will champion their animosity towards the large federal bureaucracy. >> it's resentment. >> animosity. >> resentment. but it's the sarah palin supporters, the herman cain supporters in a sense the donald trump supporters. you line them all up and that's -- and we have people going out there -- who knows. maybe cruz is going towards 2016 more powerful because instead of tripping over, you know, sarah palin and herman cain and michele bachmann and all these other people, maybe he has that space all to himself. >> but what -- >> and then there's rand paul the libertarian. >> which is so m
obama will present the highest military honor to staff sergeant ty carter. the army says carter killed enemy fighters, risked his own life to save a wounded surgery. carter will be the fifth living recipient of the award for service in iraq or afghanistan. >>> check out a cat getting in trouble. he manages to use his paws. this, i didn't see you there. i'm sorry. let me put that back where it was. cats have so much personality. they often don't get credit for their smartness. >> you should get credit for your cat voice. >> maybe i should look into doing voice overs. >> you don't have enough to do in your day? >> i have free time. >>> when we come back the donald now the defendant in a $40 million lawsuit over his real estate school. is it a scam? we have the details ahead. >>> forget the winners at the mtv music awards. the buzz is all about miley, gaga. everything you need to know about the big show. peace of mind is important when you're running a successful business. so we provide it services you can rely on. with centurylink as your trusted it partner, you'll experience reliable up
kelliy. the obama administration is weighing the options on the possibility of a military strike to punish syria's reportedous of chemical weapons. congressional leaders are expected to be briefed on the situation later today. recently as two daysing on, it appeared that the u.s. and allies were ready to act at and moment. but today world powers are walking back suggesting that a military strike is imminent. british prime minister cameron said it is unthinkable to support a strike if there is strong opposition in the un. they argue that the political solution can only happen if there is a stop in the escalation of violence. israel is bracing for a worst- case scenario. they are deployed to maintain order as this happeneds of people get gas masks and protective kits. israel called up reservist and deployed missile defense bat row with syria and iran striking for any western military action. reporting live from the mideast bureau. hello, leland. >> there is growing fores that the longer the war of words goes on the worse the war will be. especially as iran and syria are making thre
." welcome to the viewers in the united states and around the world. this is what president obama said a year ago. >> a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. that would change my equation. >> administration says there is no doubt the assad government used chemical weapons on it's people. that's the red line crossed. what will president obama do and will the rest of the world support him? >>> unanswered questions about the kidnapping of hanna anderson and the murder of her brother and mother. laura dimaggio is speaking out for the first time. >>> plus yosemite in flames, the raging fire threatening san francisco's water supply. >>> you loved him and now cnn's inside man morgan spur lack is back going with the biggest band since the beetles, and i'll ask him about miley cyrus and her twerking. >>> cnn's fled is the only western reporter in damascus and he joins me on the phone. fred, what is the latest on the ground in damascus? is there a sense that a military attack from the united states and other u.n. countries could be coming
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